Australian Poetry Slam

The Australian Poetry Slam is a national competition for spoken word artists. Anyone can enter. In 2017, 50 heats will be held in towns, cities and suburbs hold slam heats, in state and territory of Australia. Cafe's, libraries, festivals, community halls, pubs and clubs host these events. Audiences award scores to each poet. The favourite poet from each heat is eligible to compete at a regional or state poetry slam final. The best from each state and territory travel to Sydney, to perform for a packed out audience at the National Final. The national slam champion wins prizes and professional gigs.

Australian Poetry Slam Finals 2018


Date: Friday 19th October
Time: 8pm
Venue: BAY 43
Address: 10 Circular Quay West, The Rocks, NSW 2000

Join us for a huge celebration of the slam scene in Sydney with poets from Newtown to Double Bay, Rockdale to Surry Hills.

Judged by randomly chosen members of the crowd, this is a night of wild words where you can click your favourite poet to victory and boo the judges if they give the wrong score.  

VENUE NOTE: Access to the venue, BAY 43 is outside the Overseas Passenger Terminal on Circular Quay West. Please look for the Story-Fest '18 signage to further direct you towards BAY 43.


Date: Saturday 20th October
Time: 8pm
Venue: The Barnet Long Room, Customs House
Address: Level 1 31 Alfred Street, Sydney, NSW 2000

Writers from every region of NSW converge in Sydney, seize the microphone and electrify the audience. From Byron to Albury, the voice of a state comes to life in one poetry packed night.

You will choose two wordsmiths to represent NSW in a National Final the next night.


Date: Sunday 21st October
Time: 7pm
Venue: Sydney Opera House
Address: Bennelong Point, Sydney NSW 2000

Australian Poetry Slam is one of the largest and most respected performing writers programs in the world; combining stories, poems, theatre and hip-hop.

At the APS Final 2017, you chose Solli Raphael and Jesse Oliver as your Australian Poetry Slam Champions.

Who will this nationwide search unearth in 2018? What stories will explode in your mind, cause you to run onto stage, pump your fist and shout "Hell yeah! Me too!"

Judged by randomly chosen members of the crowd, one writer will be chosen to perform at Byron Writers FestivalUbud Readers & Writers Festival, Singapore Writers Festival and Hong Kong International Literary Festival in 2019.

 Vivi Baker performing at the 2017 Australian Poetry Slam National Final at Sydney Opera House

Vivi Baker performing at the 2017 Australian Poetry Slam National Final at Sydney Opera House


 
 Anna Stewart performing at the 2017 Australian Poetry Slam National Final

Anna Stewart performing at the 2017 Australian Poetry Slam National Final

Northern Territory Poetry slam Final

There will be no Northern Territory Final as the champions from the Alice Springs and Darwin Poetry Slams will go on to represent their territory at the National Final.

WESTERN Australia poetry slam Final

Date: Saturday 25th August
Time: 4pm - 6pm
Cost: $10 Entry / $5 Concession
Venue: Rosemount Hotel - Main Room
Address: 459 Fitzgerald Street, North Perth, WA 6006
Contact: Allan Boyd - allanboyd@optusnet.com.au

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Tasmania poetry slam FINAL

Date: Saturday 25th August
Time: 7pm - 10pm
Venue: The Workers Club
Address: 66 Elizabeth Street Launceston TAS 7250
Contact: Yvonne Gluyas - yvonnegluyas@gmail.com

Queensland poetry slam Final

Date: Sunday 26th August 2018
Time: 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Venue: Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts
Address: 420 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley Qld 4006

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 Chip Douglas performing at the 2017 Australian Poetry Slam National Final

Chip Douglas performing at the 2017 Australian Poetry Slam National Final

South Australia poetry slam Final

Date: Thursday 20th September
Time: 8pm (Doors open - 7.30pm)
Cost: $20
Venue: Goodwood Institute Theatre
Address: 166a Goodwood Road, Goodwood SA 5034
Contact: Kami McInnes - info@spokenwordsa.com.au
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VICTORIA poetry slam FINAL

Date: Friday 21st September
Time: 7pm
Venue: State Library Victoria,
Address: 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Contact: Rebecca Anthony - ranthony@slv.vic.gov.au

ACT poetry slam Final

Date: Saturday 6 October 2018
Time: 7:30PM - 10:30PM
Venue: Gorman Main Hall, Gorman Arts Centre
Address:  55 Ainslie Ave, Braddon ACT 2612
Contact: Andrew Galan - BADSLAMNOBISCUIT@gmail.com

This is the BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! CANBERRA NATIONAL POETRY SLAM FINAL & the ACT Australian Poetry Slam Final! TWO FINALS IN ONE!

Join BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! as BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! takes you into a poetry slam unlike any other! 

Launching THE BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! CANBERRA NATIONAL PIANO MAN! Featuring the finalists from the ACT heats! 

Join the Master of Conflict and THE BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! CANBERRA NATIONAL MASCOT. Join The Score Adder, The Sacrificial Poet, MC Andrew Galan and the judges. 

Victory and defeat will be decided when two poetry slam finals become one! 
Who will go to Sydney to fight for Canberra Poetry! 
POETRY SLAM!
JOIN!

WESTERN SYDNEY FINAL

Date: Thursday 11th October
Time: 7pm (Doors open - 6.30pm)
Venue: Western Sydney University - Parramatta City Campus
Address: 169 Macquarie St, Parramatta - corner of Macquarie and Smith St
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Join us for a huge celebration of the slam scene in Western Sydney with poets from Blacktown to Granville to Fairfield to Narellan.

Judged by randomly chosen members of the crowd, this is a night of wild words where you can click your favourite poet to victory and boo the judges if they give the wrong score.

VENUE INFORMATION: The Western Sydney Final is at the WSU Parramatta City Campus at 169 Macquarie Street, corner of Smith Street. There is no parking on site, however the building is less than a 5 minute walk from Parramatta Station.

There are also regular shuttle buses available to this building. The Blue and Red Route buses leave every 20 minutes from the Parramatta North and South campuses.

An elevator in the main foyer will take you up to Level 9 where the final will take place.


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Australian Poetry Slam is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW, as well as Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.